In my book, there are three non-negotiables when it comes to summer style. First, up, dresses. I know trousers and skirts are having a moment right now but nothing beats throwing on a breezy dress on the balmiest days. Secondly, let’s turn our attention to the breezy fabric in question; ask anyone in fashion and they’ll tell you that the textile most synonymous with summer is linen, thanks to its lightweight weave which helps keep you cool even in the hottest climes. And thirdly, there’s flat sandals—the shoe that rounds off any warm-weather outfit and, in my opinion, always looks cooler than a heeled iteration. Put them together and you get perhaps the easiest summer outfit solution of them all: a linen dress and sandals.
With a heatwave firmly on the horizon, I thought now would be the perfect time to serve up a fresh dose of linen-dress-and-sandals outfit inspiration, featuring some of the fashion people who are currently backing the combination. From Capri sandals to fishermans, then halternecks to bandeaus, here are seven looks that prove that, although simple, this outfit formula is far from boring or basic. Scroll on to see them and to shop any pieces you might need to re-create them as you go.